10 Top Real Estate Tips for 2015   2 comments

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Recently I ran across this great article by By   at Bankrate.com.  As our housing market heats up, those interested in selling their home would do well to read through his tips for making their home more appealing to buyers. Along with some common sense information are tips for gleaning pertinent information for home buyers and sellers alike: neighborhood, schools, lifestyle and ratings for the area. All of these play into your enjoyment of your new home and the amenities in the area that go far beyond living in the structure itself.

 

Here is an excerpt:

1. Do sweat the small (cheap) stuff, sellers –

Little touches go a long way in the buyer’s eye, starting logically with the entry. Trim bushes, wash walkways and change out trampled welcome mats. Inside, de-stink with candles and counter sprays, de-jam closets and de-clutter rooms, focusing keenly on kitchen counters. Hide scrub brushes and other fantasy-killing labor tools. Dust, wax, scrub toilets, wash windows, test and clean lights, put out fresh towels, winnow family mementos, harness or hide that avalanche of toys, remove prescription drugs from medicine cabinets and police the yard for “pet bombs.” It’s time well-spent.

 

Cleaning the clutter off of counter tops and refrigerator will make it seem bigger.

Cleaning the clutter off of counter tops and refrigerator will make the kitchen seem bigger.

 

2. Take note(s) buyers –

In a whirlwind house-hunting tour of several properties, buyers benefit by keeping a pro-and-con checklist of each home they visit. Otherwise, the features of several homes tend to blend together in a tired brain by day’s end. Creating a rating scale of 1 to 10 also helps, as does carrying a checklist of specific features that you seek in an ideal home.

 

 

3. Sell by Season

Though spring is optimal, home selling is a year-round sport. Use seasonal accents to make buyers linger longer.

Winter: Unfurl throw rugs and spotlight functional fireplaces. Near holidays, add touches like wreaths and pine-cone centerpieces. Display photos of your home a season ahead, particularly in winter, so buyers can see the house ensconced by greenery.

Spring: Fresh-cut flowers and candles bring spring scents indoors. For that new-start look, do extra spring cleaning and use brightly colored linens, spreads and pillows. Add little pops of color to the entry and landscape.

Summer: Highlight patios and other outdoor areas. Swap out dark towels and curtains for light colors. Put out a seasonal fruit basket or add hanging flowers. Keep the house cool but not cold.

Fall: Display pumpkins by the door and vases of fall foliage or tricolored corn inside. Use seasonal scents such as baked apple. Keep those leaves at bay.

 

A fresh bouquet of flowers in the dead of winter cheers up any space

A fresh bouquet of flowers in the dead of winter cheers up any space and makes it more appealing

 

4. Drill Deeply

Buyers are regularly advised to scope out the block at varying hours, but why not drill down further to see if your potential new neighborhood is fading or flourishing?

  • Bad signs: A major local employer is struggling or moving away; adjacent neighborhoods are progressively turning into rentals; and a few too many for-sale homes are lingering on the market. Nearby commercial spaces remain persistently vacant.
  • Good signs: Schools are in high demand and well-rated. Young families and artsy types are moving in. Older couples are “aging in place” and nearby commercial properties are getting redeveloped and quickly leased. For-sale homes are generating multiple offers.

You can read the rest of the article here for more tips and ideas:

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/tips/

 

And when you’re ready to buy or sell, Think of Me, Lynn Richardson for all of your Lake Tahoe and Truckee Real Estate needs!

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  1. Truly helpful real estate tips you have shared
    plot for sale in pune

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